Troy Podmilsak Takes Third in First World Cup of Season
U.S. Freeski Ski Team rookie athlete Troy Podmilsak went big at the first World Cup of the season. In the qualification round, an impressive 94.00 score landed him the top spot leading into the finals. Podmilsak was the only U.S. skier to make the finals in men's and women's competitions.
Entering the finals in the first place spot, Podmilsak went on to finish third overall behind Olympic Champion Birk Ruud of Norway and Noah Porter MacLennan of Canada.
Last season, he took home two Junior World Championship titles in big air and slopestyle and can now add a third-place World Cup finish to his list of top results.
Other U.S. independent athletes, James Kanzler (36th), Peter Raich (37th) and Luke Votaw (50th) also competed in the first competition of the season but did not make the finals.